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Lowe Howard-Spink’s media planning director Simon King is understood to have resigned to join TMD Carat as strategic planning director.

Time Warner’s bid for Turner Broadcasting appeared to have stalled as Marketing Week went to press. John Malone, chief executive of TCI whose affiliate Liberty Media holds 21 per cent in Turner, is understood to be questioning terms.

ITV is reportedly planning to increase investment in the 1996 network programme budget by 13m to help it compete more effectively against BBC1.

The Radio Authority has fined North-east regional station Century Radio 3,000, following two complaints that a Century presenter had made offensive remarks on air.

Classic FM is planning the launch of an advertising programme in the new year to build on recent initiatives to boost radio advertising creativity. These have included listeners voting for their favourite ads.

Auto Trader, the classified car ad magazine, is spending 5m on a marketing and advertising push that includes TV work breaking on September 18.

MTV Networks Europe has promoted Chris Stephenson, vice president marketing, to become senior vice president marketing responsible for marketing of MTV and VH-1 in the UK and Germany. He is replaced by Sanjay Mazerali, formerly head of regional marketing.

Yorkshire Tyne Tees Television has reported pre-tax profits of 7.4m in the six months to June 1995…

…Westcountry TV has reported pre-tax profits of 3.7m for the 12 months to December 1994.

UK Living is to sponsor the Women’s FA Cup in 1995/6. It will invest 250,000 in the sponsorship and on promotions.

Bob Wootton, former Griffin Bacal media director, is joining media consultancy DSA next week as a director.

The Observer is producing a two-part supplement on US culture in the 1990s called alt.culture.usa from this Sunday. It will backed by a national ad push.

NBC Super Channel is to increase the amount of CNBC business programming on its Astra 1D transponder as an interim step towards the launch of a full 24-hour CNBC Europe business channel.

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